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Southern Methodist University

 

November 2007

Central University Libraries, SMU

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EVENTS:

Dean's Tea!

 

Mark your calendars for next  Friday, November 16th at 10:00 am.  We will meet in the Texana Room at DeGolyer Library to get together and catch up over coffee and tea.   

 


LEAD:

LEAD'S NOVEMBER EVENT IS IN DECEMBER!!

 

In order to accommodate our speakers, LEAD's next upcoming event will be on Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 11 a.m., Texana room.

 

Guest speakers from the Library Executive Board Mark Nerio and Friends of the Library former board member Pam Lange.

 

 

 


A WORD FROM EC MEMBER:

The Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology is changing names and direction!  

You’ve probably heard that CMIT is developing new services and has already moved into the space formerly occupied by Academic ComputingServices on the first floor of Fondren East in the Information Commons area.  With new services (noted below) we thought it was also time to change the name to more clearly identify the kind of work the Center will be doing. 

The Norwick Center for Digital Services is the new name for the department, which includes a screening room and two major services:  the Student Multimedia Center, supporting students exclusively and Digital Projects, supporting CUL digitization efforts and the existing campus videography services. 

The plan is to have a “soft” opening in the next couple of weeks.  Even though the Student Multimedia Center may not have all functions operational, this will allow us to try out the services before students leave for the holidays.  The official opening will be the beginning of the spring semester. 

The Norwick Center for Digital Services

Student Multimedia Center (Rooms 108, 108 BCDE Fondren Library East)

This area will provide students access to high end computers, software, collaborative spaces and staff assistance to develop a variety of digital projects such as DVDs and web video, digital portfolios, and other media-intensive projects. 

  • 8 individual “Creation Stations” with Apple Intel-based iMac computers and software and shared digital video decks - located in room 108.
  • 2 “Group Project Rooms” with Apple Intel-based MacPro computers, dual monitors, video equipment and the latest software - located in rooms 108C and 108D
  • 2 “Group Practice Rooms” - where students can practice class presentations using technology similar to that installed in classrooms, such as computers (Apple Intel-based iMacs and presentation software), video projectors or monitors, video playback, etc.  Installed video cameras will let students record their presentations for evaluation and review.  Students can also schedule practice time in the screening room.  Located in rooms 108B and 108E.
  • Future capacity for additional Creation Stations (room 108)

Digital Projects (Rooms 109A Fondren Library East, G4 Fondren Library West)

This service will focus on digitizing library collections for preservation and increased access.  Equipment in this area includes a high resolution digital camera and high-res scanners and as well the accompanying lights, stands, etc. for capturing large format materials.  In addition, the library still retains the digital production space located in G4 FLW for digital video projects, editing, photography, duplication, studio space, and campus cable headed services.

Screening Room (Room 109B Fondren Library East)

A viewing room with seating capacity of 39 for film screenings, training classes, etc.

 Bill Dworaczyk

 

DIVISION NEWS

NEW STAFF:

Jennifer Kolmes, Director of CIP

Colleagues – it gives me great a pleasure to announce that we do have a new Director for CIP. Jennifer Kolmes has graciously accepted our invitation to join CUL, and will probably be starting here around January 2, 2008.

Jennifer is coming to us from Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus Ohio with over seven years of experience in leading the Catalog Division and most recently the Audio-Visual Division of this large metropolitan library system.  

Prior to her work in Ohio, Jennifer worked at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville serving for over 12 years; 6 years as Head of Cataloging plus the preceding 6 years with responsibility for leading the music cataloging unit and as acting head of the Catalog Department.

I would like to thank the search committee – ably led by Curt Holleman – for its due diligence and hard work in bring Jennifer to us – Mary Queyrouze, Russell Martin, Clare Lattimore, Erika Ripley, Bill Dworaczyk, Janet Allmon, Heather Barrett and Alisa Stutzbach.

I know that you will be delighted to give Jennifer a Texas size welcome when she arrives. In the meantime, Clare Lattimore and the CIP staff have done a wonderful job of keeping the good ship CIP afloat.  Jennifer will be officing in Kris Reed’s former office, and her phone number will be 8-2318.

 Gillian

 

 

STAFF NEWS 

 

A VISIT TO THE ALKEK LIBRARY

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

 

On October 22 and 23, 2007 I had the good fortune to visit Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  My wife was a speaker at the Texas Parks and Wildlife planning meeting for Urban Park Planning for the next 10 years.  I decided to go along (took 2 days of vacation) to see that Alkek Library.  An ISEM staff member had told me about the Library, and it provided an opportunity to visit with two of our PhD graduates in Anthropology that are on the TSU faculty and to visit Garth Sampson (Emeritus Professor at SMU) who is a visiting Professor in Anthropology at TSU.  

 

The Alkek is a seven story building, long and rectangular, and is at the top of the major hill that the campus is built upon.  [This campus has the most stairs of any campus I have ever visited and it is a great place to keep physically fit by just going between buildings.]  The library was built in 1991 and is a fine structure.  You enter on second level to find a well designed service area, with searching, you can find the ILL department and they have a very nice reference area.  The first level has offices, work area and a student lounge where you can have drinks and food but these, in theory, do not go out of the area.  On first level there is also a nice temporary display area that would allow for up to four exhibits at the same time or one or two large exhibits.  They use this for event promotion on campus and for current events.  It is a glassed in area about 15 feet by 20 feet and one can walk around the area and seen the varied exhibits.  The third level houses the current journals and back volumes as well.  Their journal collection is very strong in education journals and has adequate journals for the areas in which they have academic offerings.  Levels 4, 5, 6, have the book collections and the most seating for students that I have seen in any library I have ever visited.  Level seven is great in my worldview.  I t house the archives and special collections area and has the major exhibit areas.  There are currently four exhibit rooms, two about 20 by 20 feet and two about 15 by 30 feet.  There are well equipped and well lighted and they are developing a fifth room. They are under the direction of the special collections and archives folks.  The new main exhibits at the time of my visit involved photos of the making of the film Lonesome Dove and the second exhibit was The Making of King of the Hill..  They were both well done and signed very well.

 I must thank the staff for showing me around and for inviting me to a reception for the archive staffs of the region—San Antonio, San Marcos and Austin.  I have gone on far too long but will close with a suggestion that you visit TSU and the library when you are in the area and if have not visited it yet. 

 

John F. S. Phinney, Head, ISEM LIBRARY


TRICK or TREAT

Little Miss Bee, Isabella Laack in her Halloween costume.

 

Treats from Clare and Stacey to SMU daycare children.

Angela and Isabella Laack.

The CUL Halloween Gang!

Halloween at CUL Circulation!

The Big Bad Wolf is going to get The Little Red Riding Hood!

See, how the Persian Gipsy (?) is telling the fortune to the Cat Woman and many other wonderful Halloween pictures on V:\ShareSpace\HALLOWEEN 2007\


 

SMU HISTORY TIDBITS

Gymnasium

In 1919, the first gymnasium opened on the Southern Methodist University campus. Authorized by the Board of Trustees, this was the first new building opened after the school opened. The gym had a basketball court, swimming pool, bowling alley, and lockers. President Robert Hyer served as its architect. The cost for the building totaled $24,000, and student donations helped to fund this building.

 -  from the archives by Joan Gosnell -

 


  

 

Happy Birthday!!!...& many more...

Heather Barrett -November 1st

Robert Eason - November 3rd

Joel Eatmon - November 5th

Jason Walker - November 5th

Nancy Rubenstein - November 10th

Geailya Armour - November 12th

Clare Lattimore  - November 14th

Bill Jenkins - November 15th

Eva Cernosek - November 26th

Stacey Beach - November 29th

Joan Gosnell - November 30th

 

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EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS

Autumn 2007

DEGOLYER LIBRARY

Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs
October 9-February 15, 2007

 

http://www.smu.edu/cul/degolyer/exhibits.htm


HAMON ARTS LIBRARY - HAWN GALLERY

Susan Barnett: Thought Patterns - July 7th - September 16, 2007

Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
For more information, call: 214-768-1853

http://www.smu.edu/cul/hamon/gallery/


BRIDWELL LIBRARY PRESENTS:

Christian Writers and Their Readers

from Bridwell Library Special Collections

6 September through 14 December 2007

http://www.smu.edu/bridwell/exhibits/christianwritersexhibit.htm


CONFERENCE NEWS

CONFERENCES:

Advanced Serials Cataloging Workshop, Oct. 24-25, University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana

On Oct. 24-25, I attended the Advanced Serials Cataloging Workshop, held at the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. The workshop was an in-depth course on the rules and practices applied to the original cataloging of serials. Course topics included:

· What is a serial, and how do serials compare to monographs and integrating resources;

· An area-by-area approach to the cataloging of serials, including some of the more complex aspects: uniform titles, links, designations, and title transcription;

· Cataloging of special kinds of serials: supplements, commutations, reprints, microform reproductions, and conference publications;

· Major and minor title changes; and

· Discussion of how serial records are used in libraries and displayed in library OPACs

I learned a great deal in a short amount of time, and appreciated the opportunity to return to my alma mater and see it in its fall glory!

- Sarah Haight

 

 


STAFF SPOTLIGHT

 

Professional/Educational background:

I have a BA in Psychology, Purdue (1978), and an MLS from UNT (2007).  In between, I spent 15 years in Telecom sales/ technical support, then 14 years as a stay-at-home mom. 

Hobbies and interests:

My two daughters, Alex (14) and Jackie (12), have been my focus for the last 14 years.  My interest in librarianship started when I was taking them to Story Time at the Plano Public Library and was nurtured by years as a volunteer in their elementary and middle school libraries.  

Interesting facts about you:

 I spent several weeks on campus in the summer of 1990.   I was part of the team which installed the telephone system that you all have on your desks.  I worked for InteCom, headquartered in Allen, Texas, from 1986 to 1993.

Book or website you would like to recommend:

The Librarian, Larry Beinhart.  When I saw this title, I had to read it.  This is a very funny mystery with several admirable librarian characters that effectively buck the stereotype.        I hope they make it into a movie.

 

 

 

STAFF RECOMMENDS:

The Double Bind: A Novel, by Chris Bohjalian

Summary by Random House:

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Throughout his career, Chris Bohjalian has earned a reputation for writing novels that examine some of the most important issues of our time. With Midwives, he explored the literal and metaphoric place of birth in our culture. In The Buffalo Soldier, he introduced us to one of contemporary literature’s most beloved foster children. And in Before You Know Kindness, he plumbed animal rights, gun control, and what it means to be a parent.

Chris Bohjalian’s riveting fiction keeps us awake deep into the night. As The New York Times has said, “Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian’s grace and power.” Now he is back with an ambitious new novel that travels between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century.

When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that he was telling the truth: before he was homeless, Bobbie Crocker was a successful photographer who had indeed worked with such legends as Chuck Berry, Robert Frost, and Eartha Kitt.

As Laurel’s fascination with Bobbie’s former life begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a deeply hidden, dark family secret. Her search for the truth will lead her further from her old life—and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her.

In this spellbinding literary thriller, rich with complex and compelling characters—including Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan—Chris Bohjalian takes readers on his most intriguing, most haunting, and most unforgettable journey yet.

Recommended by Nancy Rubenstein


WEBSITES:

Museum of Cataloging and
Acquisitions Artifacts

http://www.heidihoerman.com/museumca/index.html

Recommended by Angela Laack

 

LIBRARY HOURS

http://calendar.smu.edu/libraryhours.asp

 

CLASSIFIEDS

 

CONTACT NEWSLETTER EDITOR

If you have comments, suggestions, or requests about the content of the newsletter, please contact Marja Pietilainen-Rom at x83700 or mprom@mail.smu.edu

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